That's the sort of arbitrary litigation of fictional "murder simulators" that caused this whole mess about ratings in the first place.neppakyo said:Unless it's a raping simulator, games shouldn't be banned.
Ah, being lectured to about the validity of our legal system by someone who demonstrably doesn't know the first thing about the Australian constitution. Priceless.MinionJoe said:
To be fair that's the same as in the UK. A 16 year old can get drunk and smoke as many cigarettes as they want, their consumption isn't illegal, only the purchase of them either by or for someone under-age is.6unn3r said:-Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them.
Firstly: we have a Prime Minister called Kevin Rudd, secondly I have arranged a friend from the UK to pre order Saints Row 4 and gift it to me.MinionJoe said:
Micah Weil said:...uh...Australia is still actively trying to kill the people inhabiting it, right?
Apart from your borderline prejudiced and ignorant language here (really, our country existed before "prison ships" - there were indigenous people here for up to 40,000 years before any Europeans arrived, not to mention the many people who brought and worked with the convicts), I must take issue with the idea that this is somehow related to the double standard at work here. Where is the connection between prostitution being legal and the game being banned for giving incentives to drug use?6unn3r said:This all comes from a country that has pretty much legalized prostitution....was the term "double standards" not something that got carried over on the prison ships?
Of course this is how it is. This makes a lot of sense. How would you enforce a rule that stops people from smoking cigarettes, say, in their own home? There's plenty of reason not to smoke as a minor as it is if the cops will come up to you and ask who gave you cigarettes, then finds out who. What do you think the person who got in trouble will do?Other fun laws include:
-Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them.
Where are these laws enforced, if they even exist? None of this is true or at least practised, I can tell you as an Australian myself. And if it's a joke, it's in poor taste.-Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk.
-Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons.
This may - MAY - be true, but I don't think that this stops a lot of people from changing their own light bulbs.-Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb.
Maybe its all that sunshine they're getting? Making them go slightly nutty...
By and large I agree with you. I think the depiction of drugs in videogames still receives undue weight in classification ratings because of this idea that being 'interactive' is more convincing and indoctrinating than a non-interactive form of media. This hasn't been conclusively demonstrated by various studies, but it forms the backbone of this policy. What's most ridiculous is that they can get around the restrictions by just changing the names - this hardly implies that the system is working as intended.Silva said:snip
Did Julia quit when I wasn't looking?Evil Smurf said:Firstly: we have a Prime Minister called Kevin Rudd, secondly I have arranged a friend from the UK to pre order Saints Row 4 and gift it to me.MinionJoe said:
she held a vote within the labor caucus against Kevin, with the loser to retire from politics and the winner to be the PM. She lost thankfullyMrHide-Patten said:Did Julia quit when I wasn't looking?Evil Smurf said:Firstly: we have a Prime Minister called Kevin Rudd, secondly I have arranged a friend from the UK to pre order Saints Row 4 and gift it to me.MinionJoe said: